Kathie Durst’s family sues widow of late real estate scion Robert Durst

The family of Robert DurstKathie Durst’s first wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her widow on Monday – exactly four decades after Kathie’s murder.

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Kathie, a medical student, disappeared in 1982 in New York after an argument with her husband and was later pronounced dead. Her body was never found, but Durst, a longtime suspect in her murder, was charged with her murder in Westchester in November 2021.

Kathie McCormack Durst, left; Robert Durst, right
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Durst’s second wife, Debrah Charatan, is expected to be named in Houston, Texas, as executor of his estate and seek to collect the balance of his interests in the Durst Family Trusts, attorney Bob Abrams, who represents Kathie Durst’s family, wrote in a statement.

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Burst died earlier this year at the age of 78 in a California prison. He had been sentenced to life in prison last year for the 2000 murder of his best friend, Susan Berman, to prevent her from sharing what she knew of Kathie’s murder.

Abrams said Charatan was promised the money “in exchange for helping Robert Durst escape justice in connection with the murders of Kathie, Susan Berman and Morris Black”.

FILE PHOTO: Real estate heir Robert Durst looks on during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2020. Alex Gallardo/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Real estate heir Robert Durst looks on during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2020. Alex Gallardo/Pool via Reuters/File Photo
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In 2001 he killed his neighbor, Morris Black, cut up his body and dumped it in Galveston Bay. A Texas jury acquitted him of murder but found him guilty of dismemberment.

“Robert Durst died without being held responsible for Kathie’s murder,” Abrams wrote. “It didn’t happen for lack of evidence. It happened because Robert Durst’s family owns billions of dollars in real estate, makes huge campaign contributions and was willing to use their influence to hinder Justice.”

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Robert Durst has been estranged from his family for over a decade. A Durst family spokesman, Jordan Barowitz, called Abrams’ claims “conspiracy theories.”

“Although Los Angeles and Westchester County district attorneys have completely debunked Mr. Abrams’ ridiculous conspiracy theories, he continues to level false charges based on nonexistent evidence and imaginary witnesses,” Barowitz told Fox News Digital.

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